Cordoba, a city where time has its own flow
Cordoba, a big city by all measures, doesn't look like a metropolis. It is a unique place to just take it easy. It has its own slow soul and, there's no doubt, you will truly rest here. When you arrive, among the first things you will notice is that Cordoba is a peaceful and quiet place. There's no rush here, people are laid back, and time has its own flow.
This is best visible during the siesta, a time of the day when people are resting from 1pm to, well, it's hard to say until when, it may even last until 6pm. And that's not because of the weather, the average maximum temperature here is 24C and minimum is 11C, but because of a unique nature of traditionally-oriented people. The good thing about Cordoba is that you don't need a car to go around, the city is walk-friendly and if you want to visit a distant part buses will take you everywhere.
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos is a stunning church, a must see spot while you are in Cordoba. The ceiling in that Gothic church with stunning architecture and stained glass has the stars of each month of the year, and the best time to visit it is during the siesta when there are not so many people around. Just around it there's a lot of bars and restaurant, near it there is a shopping center, and even a fountain with benches. So, the surrounding is as nice as the church itself.
Parque Sarmiento is a very big park in the middle of the city's most charming area. The main campus of the University of Cordoba is located here and this is the place if you want to see the zoo or enjoy some sightseeing. Plaza San Martin is located in the middle of the historical center of Cordoba, which means all important and interesting sights are located here. In the spring it's flaming with the pink and white blossom of native trees and bougainvilleas. A nice place to relax and watch the world go by.
If you are into culture, history, and architecture, Jesuit Block or Block of Enlightenment), associated with the Jesuit order, and the Colegio Nacional de Monserrat from 1782 with strong baroque feel, are the places to visit. Museo Histórico with its 26 rooms is probably the most important historical museum in the country (a great building by itself), and after you visit all those historical buildings you next step should be Mercado Norte, the market with delicious and cheap food of all kinds and the place of worship for every food fan.
If you don't want to stroll around by yourself, you can join a Cordoba walking tour through the streets with their beguiling mix of Roman and Spanish history. After a long walk it's time for a nearby food store and some local food and maybe a bit of dancing if you're into modern DJs and that kind of music.
Or, you may enjoy cuarteto, the typical music style here and order fernet con cola, a drink made with a bitter aromatic spirit and coke, to taste the typical feel of Cordoba. And if your Argentine friend tells you "See you there at 9pm," that really means "I'll leave the house at 10pm." So if you are 2 hours late to a party, don't worry. There is a great chance you will still be the first one to come.
But that's not the only thing that can surprise you! This 442 years old city has it one more up its sleeves - La Canada de Córdoba. This channel system looks the same as the channels in Utrecth or Amsterdam, and when you sit there you can easily think you are in Europe. The city hosts numerous festivals all year round. In July, the city celebrates Friendship Day, September brings the Spring Festival for students, and Doma y Folklore, in Jesus Maria, some 50 km down from Cordoba, is the largest festival in Argentina...
And when the sun sets, take it slowly, the time has its own flow there, remember? ■
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